The vibrant metropolis of Bangkok undoubtedly contains many attractions for the tourist and its attractive Buddhist temples are certainly one of them. The sightseer will enjoy exploring these fascinating shrines, each of which contains intriguing features of interest.
One of these distinctive temples is the unmistakable Wat Ratchanadda, which contains the Loha Prasat, a phrase which translates as ‘Metal Castle’. The construction of this unique creation began in 1846 by order of the reigning monarch King Rama III. This amazing creation as its name indicates features no less than 37 spires made of a black metallic composition, creating a mesmerizing sight on the city’s skyline.
The spires are considered to symbolize the 37 essential virtues that must be cultivated to attain enlightenment according to Buddhist philosophy. The spectacular Loha Prasat stands a lofty 36 m in height and features three distinct levels; the lowest level contains 24 metal spires, the next level 12 and the highest features a single spire. This adds up to a total of 37 spires.
According to Buddhist tradition just two edifices like the Loha Prasat have ever existed in the world. The first was believed to have been constructed in the lifetime of Gautama Buddha many centuries ago. The second was constructed in the island nation of Sri Lanka; neither exists today, but the Sri Lankan edifice was taken as the model for Bangkok’s Metal Castle.
On the bottom floor of the Loha Prasat you will see a multitude of sturdy columns which support the levels above. These columns create an appearance that resembles a labyrinth, and this area contains the individual cells used for meditation by the monks.
It is possible to actually climb up to the pinnacle of the Metal Castle by means of a spiral stairway. On the highest level of the Loha Prasat you will find a walkway which provides a scenic view of the temple and the surrounding area. The secluded shrine positioned on the pinnacle of the structure is considered to contain personal relics of Buddha Gautama.
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Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.